Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020
ED43A: Changing the Culture: Preparing a Diverse and Inclusive Ocean Sciences Workforce II Panel
Session Proposal
Education, Outreach and Policy
Broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is recognized as critical to the science and engineering enterprise; diversity being an important driver of discovery and innovation. In the ocean sciences, the percentage of Underrepresented Minority (URM) degree attainment has not increased, despite increased URM degree attainment in other STEM fields. This panel session invites brief presentations and in-depth discussion that focus on broadening participation strategies that are currently being used to increase recruitment and retention of URMs in ocean sciences as well as discussion of strategies that are needed to change the culture for improved recruitment and retention.  Discussion of strategies to mitigate harassment, discriminatory practices, subconscious bias, structural and cultural biases or other barriers to inclusion are welcome. The goals of this session are to highlight work that focuses on: 1) addressing short- and long-term impacts of toxic work/learning environments in ocean sciences, 2) enhancing recruitment and retention of URMs in ocean sciences, 3) improving the work climate with a goal of preparing a diverse and inclusive ocean sciences workforce (allyship); and 4) exploring ways in which the ocean sciences can support and advance environmental justice. We anticipate a 2-part panel, each featuring brief presentations by panelists, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and Q&A with the audience. We encourage active participation and thoughtful discourse.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

02:00 PM - 04:00 PM


14B, Mezzanine

Index Terms:
EDUCATION_0810 Post-secondary education, EDUCATION_0855 Diversity, POLICY SCIENCES & PUBLIC ISSUES_6319 Institutions, POLICY SCIENCES & PUBLIC ISSUES_6630 Workforce